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Broadway's Biff

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

We were all his 'favorite nephew'; and while his William Morris clients knew that he lavished equal care on his other stars, I expect that deep inside each somehow felt that she or he was Biff's own favorite.

Chita Rivera To Young Performers: Learn How To Sing And Dance

AP | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.03.2015 | Latino Voices

Musical theater great Chita Rivera has friendly advice for young stars who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. Rivera, at a TV ...

Ian McKellan in 'Mr. Holmes': How British is It?

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.14.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The fine ensemble swirling around McKellan's killer performance as the aging Mr. Holmes, now in retirement in the country, is first rate. And in that spirit, the movie's Monday premiere took advantage of Broadway's dark night, with theater actors out for drinks and ravioli at Southgate in celebration.

Kelli O'Hara Receives "Our Leading Lady" Award for 15 Years On Broadway (VIDEO)

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O'Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.

The Sixth Annual Lilly Awards, 2015

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

The Lilly Awards Foundation has helped move the needle of women playwrights getting their work on stage, women producers getting to produce, women directors getting to direct, women lighting and set designer getting to design, etc. from almost nil to ten percent.

Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.

The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Cara Joy David

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party.

Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was "freaking out."

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

The Visit's Chita Rivera Has My Vote for Tony for Best Actress in a Musical

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Carole Mallory

Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt's tragicomic play Der Besuch der Alten Dame (The Visit) is a tale of sweet revenge. It's always been one of my favorites. And this production is masterful.

Chita Rivera in 'The Visit': A Parable of Europe's Lost Soul

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Roger Rees is fine as Anton, and John Riddle as his younger self is a believable hunk, but this is Chita Rivera's show. At the final applause, Rees and Rivera kiss, he giving the audience a sly wink over her shoulder. He's won her again.

Aisle View: The Final Visit

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Not enough. An interesting show, to be sure; but in this crowded April, with at least ten intriguing new productions on view, I wonder whether this Visit is quite worth the visit.

Broadway Spring Preview: It's All in How You Present It

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The poster of On the Twentieth Century impressed many. A bunch of people said it seemed fun. Some people recognized Kristin Chenoweth and one of my mother's favorite leading men, Peter Gallagher, and were excited by their presence.

Keepers of the Flame

George Heymont | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

A muse and a mentor can go a long way toward helping an artist transform music into magic. While labanotation is a wonderful tool for documenting choreography, it can't capture the more intangible aspects of dance.

Jazzing Things Up with 'Broadway at Birdland'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Look closely and you'll find proponents who keep tradition alive for the faithful, and with the foresight of knowing that what's old will someday be new once again. Gianni Valenti and Jim Caruso are living this daily at cabaret club, Birdland.

First Nighter: The Visit Overstays Its Welcome, Henry IV Stumbles

David Finkle | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

This time of year, things are so beehive-hectic in these parts that it's easy to drive around on a single Saturday and see, say, The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the compacted-into-one Henry IV Part I and IIat Shakespeare and Company.

Chita Rivera Chats 'The Visit' at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Steve Schonberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Be it a cliché, the adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" may be the best way to describe the latest production of "The Visit" opening this week at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Mothers and Sons at the Golden: Terrence McNally Makes History

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Strident, a woman with whom to reckon, Tyne Daly's Katharine Gerard is a force of nature. Encased in fur, she's the refrigerator-sized iceberg in Terr...

Chita Rivera: At 80, a Legendary Broadway Star Shines Brighter Than Ever

Chuck Gomez | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Chuck Gomez

Chita Rivera is on fire. In August I was one of hundreds cheering as a slinky Rivera, black flapper -- style dress fluttering, made her grand entrance from the back of the audience into Cherry Grove, Fire Island's Ice Palace.

Chita Rivera's Birthday Celebration Is For A Good Cause

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.22.2013 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- Chita Rivera had wanted to celebrate her 80th birthday quietly, no fuss. That clearly wasn't going to happen. "I think I can ask anybody ...

Chita Has A Special Way Of Celebrating Her 80th Birthday

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 07.11.2013 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- Chita Rivera will celebrate her 80th birthday doing what she does best – performing a show that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fight...

Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!

Posted 01.23.2013 | Gay Voices

We all know she seems ageless, but the legendary Broadway diva Chita Rivera turns 80 years old today (Jan. 23). The "Queen of the Gypsies" made h...

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Revived on Broadway

Carey Purcell | Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

While this exuberant, interactive, choose-your-own ending musical may be a bit vulgar, it is also skilfully directed, joyously performed and a darn good time in a season of unimpressive musicals on Broadway.

Ricky Martin Joins Broadway Legend Onstage For AIDS Charity

Posted 12.07.2012 | Gay Voices

Multiple generations of Broadway talent came together for a cause Dec. 4 with the annual "Gypsy of the Year" event in New York City. The star-stud...

Nothing Could Be Finer Than an Evening With Barbara Cook

George Heymont | Posted 11.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Today, many singers who are a fraction of Barbara Cook's age wish they could sing with the wisdom, phrasing, and musical intuition of an artist whose voice has maintained its sweetness and purity for so many years